RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Philadelphia University women's basketball team put an end to its three-game losing streak, the longest in six seasons, with a 65-50 wire-to-wire Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over Felician University Saturday afternoon in Job Gymnasium.
With the victory, Philadelphia is now above .500 with a 9-8 overall record and evens its CACC mark at 4-4. The Rams—who last lost three in a row in 2011—prevented their first four-game skid since they dropped their first four games of the 2004-05 season.
Jackie McCarron (Harleysville, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) capped off a strong week with a career-high 19 points, on 9-of-12 shooting, six rebounds, and two assists. Three days earlier, McCarron had 18 points—her then-career high—at Bloomfield.
Alynna Williams (Ambler, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh) connected on a career-high three 3-pointers on her way to an 18-point afternoon. Jessica Kaminski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Wood) shot 10-of-12 from the free throw line as part of a 14-point, eight-assist, seven-rebound, and four-steal game.
The Rams shot over 40.0 percent for the fourth time this season—all in victories—as they shot 40.4 percent (23-of-57) overall against the Golden Falcons. Philadelphia connected on 30.4 percent (7-of-23) of its 3-point attempts.
Felician shot 33.9 percent (19-of-56) from the field, 19.0 percent (4-of-21) from behind the 3-point arc.
Philadelphia hit 7 of its 16 shot attempts, while holding Felician to 4-of-16 shooting, as the Rams sprinted out to an 18-8 lead after the first 10 minutes of play. The Rams also forced five turnovers in the opening quarter.
The Golden Falcons' Danelle Gibson went 1-of-2 at the free throw line with 6:54 left before halftime to trim the Rams' lead to 22-13—the only time that the gap would be in single digits over the final three quarters.
After the Gibson free throw, Philadelphia closed out the second quarter with a 21-3 run to lead by a game-high 27 points at halftime, 43-16. Kaminski scored eight points, all at the free throw line, to lead the charge, while Williams added six points.
Kameron Stone came off the bench to score a team-high 13 points and grab nine rebounds for the Golden Falcons (3-12, 2-6 CACC). Marta Moix contributed 11 points, while Safiyyah Lee grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
Philadelphia will return to the Gallagher Center for its first home game since Dec. 15 when the Rams host Post in the CACC contest on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m.